Pat Robertson, best known as the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, has passed away at the age of 93.

Robertson, the former televangelist, media mogul, and former Southern Baptist minister, also headed up Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and its flagship program, “The 700 Club.” The program, which Robertson has been the host of for decades, has been on the air since 1966.

Robertson turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network, tried a run for president and helped make religion central to Republican Party politics in America through his Christian Coalition.

In a statement, CBN said: “With great sadness, we announce that Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior today, June 8, 2023. Thank you for your prayers for the Robertson family and the ministry of CBN at this time.

“Pat Robertson dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel, helping those in need, and educating the next generation. He founded the Christian Broadcasting Network and numerous organizations, including Operation Blessing, Regent University, the American Center for Law and Justice, and International Family Entertainment Inc. He was also a New York Times best-selling author and host of The 700 Club.

“Pat was married to the love of his life and partner in ministry for 67 years, Dede Robertson, until she died in 2022. Together, they had four children, 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.”

Born on March 22, 1930, in Lexington, Virginia, Robertson has had a significant impact on conservative Christian politics in the United States. He became involved in politics in the 1980s and ran for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 1988. However, he did not win the nomination.

Robertson is known for his conservative views on social and political issues. He has been an outspoken critic of abortion, same-sex marriage, and what he perceives as a decline in moral values in society.

His remarks have often generated controversy and drawn criticism from those who disagree with his viewpoints, yet he always stuck to his guns.

The founder of the interdenominational Congress of Christian Leaders, Rev. Johnnie Moore, tweeted: “Pat Robertson was an evangelical leader whose legacy reminds all of us of what’s possible in a single life,” Moore wrote. “Pat was …Groundbreaking. Innovative. Courageous. Compassionate. Brilliant beyond belief. Almost no leader in Christian history has had more of an impact across so many sectors of society than Pat.

“Ultimately, and above all, he was a man motivated by an immovable faith in God which he honed through a lifetime of private prayer. His global ministry will continue to impact countless millions for generations. Sending all my prayers today to the Robertson family & the broader CBN community.”

In addition to his work with CBN, Robertson has been involved in various business ventures, including a university he founded in Virginia Beach, Virginia, called Regent University. He has also authored numerous books on topics ranging from religion and politics to personal finance and health.

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